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A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

A Caribbean Mystery

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Miss Marple (9), Miss Marple: Chronological (20)

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Another great Miss Marple! Minor pet peeve: There’s a cruise ship on the cover of this book, but none of the characters are ever on a cruise. Miss Marple flies back and forth from England.

Another problem: one character says something to the effect of, “they work like blacks.” ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
This was a good beach read. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Synopsis: 'This story takes place at the Golden Palm resort on the Caribbean island of St Honoré. Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her to holiday there after a bout of ill health. She speaks with Major Palgrave, a well-travelled man with many stories to share. She sits, half listening, until Palgrave tells a story about a man who got away with murder more than once. When Palgrave asks her if she wants to see a picture of a murderer, she listens intently - but after he look in his wallet for the photo, he suddenly changes the subject. Miss Marple looks up to see why and spots several people nearby. Tim was planning to kill his wife and so had to kill Major Palgrave when he recognised him. He also killed Victoria, who remembered the Serenite. Tim put belladonna in Molly's cosmetics to make her appear mad to the others. Tim had asked his wife to meet him by the creek, but Molly had been distracted by a vision due to the belladonna and wandered off. Tim saw Lucky and mistook her for Molly. He was about to poison Molly when Miss Marple came in.'
Review: Really interesting story with lots of red herrings. ( )
  DrLed | Nov 20, 2018 |
In which a pleasant holiday unites Miss Marple with a gruff millionaire and a long-forgotten murder… which leads to a new one.

"A Caribbean Mystery" is a lesser Christie novel, barely worthy of praise. As with the loose-sequel, "Nemesis", this novel at least sees Miss Marple do a bit of investigating (which oddly doesn’t happen much in her better works), but the setting is about the only thing of interest here. The inimitable millionaire Jason Rafiel is a fascinating character, but he isn’t really connected to the murder in any useful way, so turns out to be neither here nor there. The rest of the characters are perfunctory and – while the actual solution is still surprising – we know from the start roughly where our suspicions should lie, so the playing field isn’t as wide as Christie would have us believe.

The Joan Hickson adaptation is quite varied in style, but ultimately is not one of my favourites – coming late in the series’ run, when even Hickson was tiring. (Understandably, as she was in her 80s!) I’d recommend starting with one of the early Marple novels, and leave this until you’re stuck somewhere on holiday. At least it will be thematic.

Marple Ranking: 12th out of 14 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
This Miss Marple mystery was quite different from the usual, mostly because of the new setting. Jane’s nephew sends her to the Caribbean to help her recover after a bout of illness. Naturally, there is murder!

Aside from not being set in England, the story is unique because Miss Marple does not have her usual retinue of supporters – Craddock, Dr. Haydock, or even local police who know of her exploits. Here, she is just a little old lady on holiday, so there is no reason for anyone to believe her suspicions. Plus, much of the story is told from her POV, which I particularly enjoyed.

Major Palgrave dies the day after telling Jane a story about a serial wife killer and that he even has a snapshot of a murderer! The local doctor believes it was his heart, owing to the medication found in his room. When one of the maids says that it was never there before, he begins to doubt. Of course, Miss Marple was already on the case. Without her usual cast, Miss Marple enlists the aid of Mr. Rafiel – a rude, but sharp old man who helps her work through events.

I figured out the culprit about halfway through, despite some red herrings, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book. It was nice to see Jane out of her element and having to contend with circumstances outside of the actual murder. Overall, a solid installment in the Miss Marple series. ( )
  jshillingford | Oct 5, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ayres, RosalindNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carones, MomaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gołaczyńska, MagdalenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groen, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thaler, WillyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thommessen, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Five Complete Miss Marple Novels: The Body in the Library, A Caribbean Mystery, The Mirror Crack'd, Nemesis, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! by Agatha Christie

At Bertram's Hotel [and] A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

Neiti Marplen murhat by Agatha Christie

A Caribbean Mystery/ Evil Under the Sun / N or M? by Agatha Christie

Postmark: Murder: A Caribbean Mystery / Nemesis / Murder in Mesopotamia / Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple Omnibus (Volume 2) by Agatha Christie

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To my old friend John Cruikshank Rose with happy memories of my visit to the West Indies
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"Take all this business about Kenya," said Major Palgrave.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451199928, Mass Market Paperback)

Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth, returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly.

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"Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?" So asks a stranger of Miss Jane Marple while she is vacationing on luxurious St. Honore. Before she has a chance to answer, the mystery man vanishes, only to be found dead the following day. Now Miss Marple is asking the questions: What happened to the curious photo: Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares? Why doesn't the most-talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? Any why is Miss Marple fearing for her own life?… (more)

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